Love Island's Michael: I made no personal mistakes in the villa
Dumped Love Island contestant Michael Griffiths has said he made no personal mistakes during his time in the villa.
However, the firefighter from Liverpool admitted he didn’t go about things the right way “all the time”.
Amber Gill was faced with a choice between Greg O’Shea and Michael, who had left her for Joanna Chimonides before again declaring his affection for her when faced with a recoupling ceremony.
In the end Amber chose the Irishman after being reduced to tears multiple times by Michael.
After being booted from the villa, he said: “Everybody makes mistakes. Personal mistakes no. Everything I did was for me, but did I go about things in the right way? Not all the time.
“But I have reconciled things with Amber and at the end of the day I’m only human. People make mistakes. I always said to Amber I never wanted to hurt her.”
Earlier this week the charity Women’s Aid raised concerns that the programme was showing Amber “appearing to have her emotions manipulated”.
Despite deciding not to leave the villa with Joanna and then declaring he still had feelings for Amber, Michael said he planned to pursue the social media influencer in the outside world.
He said: “I’m going to try and talk to Joanna but I know that she’ll have seen what’s gone on and I hope she understands I needed to make up to Amber.
“There was always going to be a natural draw between me and Amber because of how friendly we were.
“I did think about Joanna every day that she wasn’t there. She was always on my mind and I will try to speak to her.”
Michael also said he had come to terms with Amber’s affections for Greg, describing the rugby player as “really sweet” and “respectful”.
“Having seen them together more I see it working,” he said.
“He makes her smile and makes her laugh and she hasn’t instantly put her walls up with him. When I see him make her smile, it makes me smile.”
Sunday night’s Love Island also saw Francesca Allen – who was given no choice but to choose Michael in the latest recoupling – dumped from the villa.
She said her and Michael’s departure would give the rest of the islanders “an opportunity to grow” into their own relationships.
“I wasn’t surprised at all,” she said.
“I didn’t find love and that’s the purpose of the show. I’m glad I went as Michael was ready to go and it gives everyone else an opportunity to grow as a couple, so I’m not disappointed.”
Love Island, hosted by Caroline Flack, continues on ITV2.